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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: August 2005

My Holy Grails volume 1: Base products, bronzers, and blush
Posted by Raphaelle, Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:53 AM (Eastern)

This one was bound to be short. I don't wear foundation and I'm not picky about powder and concealer. So what's left? Technically, all that's left is are base products of which I only use eyeshadow base. And that's why I added bronzers and blush to base products.

MAC paints were created as cream shadows but they turned out to make excellent bases. Once dry, they wear better than anything else I've tried. They do crease on me every so often but not before I've worn them for 12 hours. Bare Canvas is a just a smidge lighter than my skin (NC25-NC30) and has the tiniest amount of shimmer. On its own, it just brightens up and evens out the eye area without the look of makeup. It's under eyeshadow that it shows its true value though. It helps even the greasiest of cream shadows stay put but that's not what makes Bare Canvas so fantastic. Bare Canvas is my holy grail eyeshadow base because it does not alter colours at all. Anything I put on top of it will look exactly like it would have applied directly to my skin. What more could I ask?

For the longest time, I thought I couldn't wear bronzers. Even though I'm an NC (so on the yellow) side, I have a lot of pink in my skin. When I tan, I get a definite reddish tint. Most bronzers have an orange or yellow undertone. At best, this looks unnatural on my skin. At worst, it looks like dirt. Enter MAC's bronzing sticks, sadly a limited edition product. Of the three colours, one was absolutely perfect: Rose d'Or. The name pretty much says it. Rose d'Or balances pretty much equal parts of rose and bronze. It's not too dark for light skin but would give a lovely glow to darker skin. The shimmer seems like a bit much in the tube but is actually a beautiful glow. The creamy texture is a dream to apply and blend. I can't vouch for staying power but that's not something I look for in my bronzers and blushes.

Benefit Dandelion doesn't look like much. It's just a sheer light neutral pink. But brush it on and poof! I look healthy! It doesn't look like I'm wearing any makeup, my face just looks brighter. If I apply more, I can get the pink to come out a bit for a more "makeupy" look but Dandelion is at its best as a face brightener. Application is foolproof thanks to the sheerness of the powder. Now, Benefit isn't the only company making a sheer pink powder blush. MAC Angel is pretty much identical for instance and Colleen gave more examples of such a blush in her post. So why is Dandelion my grail? I confess it's just a question of packaging. I love MAC's sleek packaging but I already have so much of it in my collection and so many companies package their products in black. Dandelion comes in a cute little box with the brush perfectly fitted in there. And it's a decent brush too. Works just fine for the powder. I've travelled a lot with this box in my cosmetics bag and never has it opened. My beloved Dandelion is still in top form.

Next: Eyeshadow...

Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
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September 15, 2005 2:41 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I've been wondering about Dandelion. I need something to perk up my sallow skin after long nights, and can't decide between Guerlain Les Meteorites, T. LeClerc Orchidée, and Benefit Dandelion.

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Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 28, 2005 5:29 PM (Eastern)

What really are those beauty essentials? Every cosmetic manufacturer seems to claim now that their product is a "go-to" beauty item. But is it?

For some time I have noticed on the forums, that everyone seems to own and frequently use one of those "blackened purple" eyepencils or liners.

Dain's post on Kevyn Aucoin (scroll down to "Prescriptives Softlining Pencil in Fig") rather sealed this impression, that this pencil had already replaced the dark brown or black eyeliner that was the "go-to" of yore.

I forget which entered my consciousness first, Audrey's MAC Permaplum or JennyB's Chanel Violet Smoke, but you might could do with a super dark, violet pencil or liner. Mine is the Permaplum (the Nars Babylon duo has something similar in powder shadow form).

Next up might be something like a sheer lipstick. (I know, I can hear Dain banging her head against the wall...hear me out.) Not sheer as in "why bother"; I am in complete agreement about that. I myself detest products that are sheer for the sake of sheer, that force you to pile on, scrape off product and then apply, or apply over a base.

But the sheer lipstick, is perhaps an evolved form of the "your lips but better" lipsticks that were the "go-to" before.

Hence, MAC Sophisto or Viva Glam V, or a very pigmented gloss like the Diane von Furstenberg Lipgloss Duet; something like that.

Then there is always the clear pink blush...MAC Angel, Nars Desire, Cargo Catalina. Here I almost hesitated because I wear my MAC Blushbaby as often as I do my Cargo Catalina, if not slightly more so. But there's no denying the various brands of pink...plain, clear, innocent pink...that seem to universally flatter.

The signature perfume is key, although that is much harder to generalize about. I can admit that my sig scent, Givenchy Organza, was embarrassingly easy for me to find. And before that, I would have been happy with Chanel No. 5; that is, before I developed a bad allergy to it.

Why Organza? It's not too sweet. But it is sweet. It's floral, but more than floral. It's relatively inexpensive and readily available, yet it's not ubiquitous. I never smell it on anyone else.

It's complex...not broodingly so (like my GF Ferre Lei/Her), yet womanly more than girly. It lasts all day in the EDP form. It has a bottle that is, get this, easy to use. That carved gown design...your thumb just fits into the waistline while you pop the golden top off...and the curl of the golden top, even that molds to the thumb of your other hand.

It's more than those factors, of course. I've come to believe that a signature scent becomes either more of a signature (if such a thing were possible) or less and less so, the more that you wear it.

Here there is a subtle entwining of memory with scent. This is the perfume I was wearing when I... (fill in the blank here) It's not conscious.

Oh well, I have to go now. Thanks for reading!

Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
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August 29, 2005 7:45 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Ohh... I don't object to sheer lipsticks objectively. They're lovely things, especially when MAC Lustres are involved. It's more the superabundance that I object to, the inability for a woman to find a "normal" lipstick that's as nice.

August 29, 2005 2:13 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

What irks me is the "why bother" sheer...where a lack of pigmentation passes for sheer. Okay it is sheer, but then there's nothing else to it.

August 30, 2005 3:46 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hey, the first purple-grey liner! It is Purple Heart, yeah?

August 31, 2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

That would be interesting... True, Purple Heart was the first fusion of grey and purple, with shimmer, that I can remember.

PH was in the end a bit too cool for me so I think the improvement (besides going into ubiquitous pencil form and making the purple darker) was to make the color more neutral.

Now, d'you think that Loco Cocoa lipstick will become the next go-to lip product?

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Ramblings of the day
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 26, 2005 7:51 PM (Eastern)

A few quick, meaningless ramblings here....

I've almost UEU'd my MAC Viva Glam V lipstick. It is down to that particular sliver...the one that happens right before you actually use up the thing. I should mention that I don't use lip brushes, so I don't dig out the stub that's left once it's worn down to the metal. The first time it becomes uncomfortable to use, I consider it UEU'd.

My plan is to start using MAC Sophisto next...and then Hamlet for a few months lol In some odd, lipstick-junkie way, I'm tempted not to repurchase VGV, to try something else instead. But I know that I've fallen in love with VGV. A repurchase is inevitable. I'd like to UEU Sophisto...I like Sophisto. After that though, I think I will make VGV my one and only lipstick, my signature lipstick, the lipstick.

Mmmm...I've replaced my lipstick case. I like the Thai ones. I got a new one from Chinatown recently...they had Thai silk everything in that shop, from passport cases to jewelry rolls to this, that and the other (I didn't have time to look through everything, unfortunately). I got two lipstick cases: a beautiful deep orange-toned red one, and an off-blue one. I was going to keep the red one and give the blue one to my daughter. As soon as she saw them though, she decided the red one was hers, so I'm using the blue one.

Finally figured out what to do with MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl, or why it never worked for me before. I have to wear it with green, grey, or blue eye colors. That is where it works its magic. It's tranformative there, it adds something that you don't see, but suddenly green eyes look greener. Fascinating....

Thanks for reading!

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Nars Jagged Edge...finally
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 20, 2005 2:41 PM (Eastern)

I too looked around for the name of the Nars fall collection described in excellent detail here: NARS Fall 2005. At the time the name did not exist, not even on the Nars website.

Apparently it is the Jagged Edge collection.

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MAC Viva Glam V lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:39 AM (Eastern)

Ahhhhh...this has become my favorite lipstick.

Why this lipstick, above and beyond all others? It's probably not the greatest lipstick. And yet...I've been UEU'ing it (that means using it up). I wear it every day now. And I'm still not sick of it; I never get bored with it.

I have a few other lipsticks to play around with--MAC Sophisto, Neutrogena MoistureShine tinted lip balms in Sunny and Warm--all highly recommended. The lip balms, particularly, are useful because they have SPF 20.

Sophisto is technically the prettier, certainly the more universal of the two shades. Yet it is Viva Glam V that I consider to be "my" signature.

VGV is too warm for those with truly cool coloring (unlike, say, that Sophisto). It's too sheer for those who seek color in their lipstick. It was fairly roundly dissed when it came out...too warm, too sheer, not enough color, and so on.

So why the appeal to me...there are the practical factors. VGV is part of MAC's Viva Glam fundraising product series. 100% of the profits on the sales of these products, goes toward AIDS research.

Aside from that...the pleasant feeling of buying and wearing a also means that MAC will never discontinue VGV.

There is the Lustre formula. It's highly moisturizing, and, for a sheer, it lasts well.

The base color is rose...neutral rose. It's not brown enough to look brown or muddy, but it's more neutral than true rose would be.

What I love best...what makes the the shimmer. It's...silvery gold. Cool and warm at the same time. Not as ordinary as gold or silver shimmer. It makes the lipstick glow.

I suppose the moment of truth--whether to repurchase or not--will come soon enough, as I wear away my VGV day after day.

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